The Burden of a Hundred Millionth Filipino

Way back in college, during my days of SOSC I,  there were only 75 Million Filipinos based on the 1995 population census. I just got back the office today to be welcomed by public school teachers conducting pre-census for 2015.  It is confirmed, the Philippines has reached its 100 million population mark this year and …

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Beyond The Rolling Hills

Just got back from Malandag, Sarangani Province in Mindanao. We took a land trip to Davao City and the flight back to Manila was horrible. We have to go through a three to four hour delay due to bad weather. Davao City was on halt due to flooding. Upland in Sarangani, flooding is not an …

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Livelihood Opportunities and Poverty Alleviation…Oh Lord!

Three consecutive posts about Compostela Valley, Philippines. First of a happier time a few weeks back. I even posted that picture happy picture as my facebook profile photo. It seems climate change is indeed a reality but over and over again in a year we keep on hearing the news of dead bodies being recovered …

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Accepting the Risks of a Hazardous Situation

44 dead in Compostela Valley town. Less than a month ago with my guides, we passed by the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley Province, Philippines.  First comment was the town was experiencing progress. Roads are being concreted and travel was easy. The province was known for limited infrastructure and undeniably small scale illegal …

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I think climate change is here

Its funny how people being interviewed on TV saying that they did not expect something like Ondoy would recur in three (3) years time, well it did and there wasn't even a typhoon to blame just the usual Southwest Monsoon that we experience every year since the last ice age. In the Philippines, climate change …

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